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Learning How To Fly – Lucid Dreaming Style

Flying is an amazing feeling. I’m not being figurative or clever here. I’m talking about legitimate soaring through the air, without the aid of wings or jet engines.

You may think what I’m saying is impossible. How can people fly? Okay, I’m going to level with you – they can’t. At least not normally. Yet I flew above a beautiful lake just the other night. How did I do it? The answer is simple. Lucid dreaming.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

Lucid dreaming is simply realizing you’re dreaming within a dream. It is at this point that you gain control over what’s going on around you. This sometimes happens by accident if you’re lucky, but most of the time you have to learn one or more techniques to raise your awareness. However, once you finally gain lucidity, you’re in for a real treat.

A lucid dream is unlike any other dream. For example, even though I can’t remember my regular dreams very well, I still remember all of my lucid dreams in great detail. I remember exactly what I was doing, what I was thinking, and what was going on around me.

I even remember tiny details like the color and texture of a floor or wall. This is stuff I probably wouldn’t remember even in real life. So to say that a lucid dream is clearer than the waking state is actually fairly accurate.

It’s safe to say that lucid dreams are unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced.

What Can You Do in a Lucid Dream?

I’m going to save you some time and get to the point: just about anything. You can do pretty much anything you can imagine in a lucid dream.

You can fly, walk through walls, or even change your size. In fact, you can shrink yourself so small that you can explore the subatomic world. Ever seen an atom with your naked (dream) eye? Give it a shot!

There are a few limitations, however. I had my first real lucid dream the other night where I flew around. Unfortunately, my flight was cut short and I fizzled around like a shoddy firework before plummeting to the ground. Thank goodness you can’t break dream bones! This is to be expected, though. You can’t expect to try something new for the first time and be perfect at it, right?

Much like flying, lucid dreaming itself requires practice and skill. You aren’t going to be able to do everything you’ve ever wanted on your first run. In fact, if you try that, you’ll probably wake yourself up from the strain. Remember to take it easy, and your skill will progressively grow. This is one of the few cases where the benefits are literally endless.

I’ve even heard of people morphing themselves into an omnipotent energy and creating entire universes in their dreams!

So, How Do You Have a Lucid Dream?

There are a lot of ways to bring about lucidity within a dream. I’m going to share the one that worked for me, because I know it works. If you’re familiar with intention manifestation and meditation it will help greatly, but it’s not required.

You’re going to create a process right now that you’re going to go through every time you lay down to sleep. The first step is to set an intention. All that means is that you suggest to yourself “I am going to have a lucid dream tonight” or “Tonight I am going to realize I am dreaming.” As you say this to yourself, really feel that it’s going to happen.

The second part involves visualization. You’re going to visualize a dream that you typically have. It should be one that you’re familiar with. Imagine yourself realizing that you’re dreaming within that dream. Try to feel what it would be like to become lucid. What would you do once you achieve lucidity? Create a picture in your head, the more vivid the better.

This should get you on your way to lucid dreaming in no time. It took me about 5 days of using this process until I had my first lucid dream. I’ve even written about a great lucid dreaming ebook on my website that contained invaluable information for getting me started. If flying or exploring the universe appeals to you, then invest some time in lucid dreaming.

Fred Tracy runs a personal development website where he shares his insights and quirky stories. He is practical, yet eclectic, borrowing ideas from psychology, spirituality, and common sense, among many other sources. All of this information is distilled into articles with the sole purpose of this: teaching you, the reader, to live consciously and achieve the life of your dreams.

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